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Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) (10)

Friday, 22 September 2017 05:12

The Generosity of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah)

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Qais bin Rabee’ (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) would send merchandise to Baghdad which would be used to purchase goods. These goods would thereafter be brought to Kufah. The profit of these goods (through trading in them), from one year to the next, would accumulate by Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah).

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) would use this profit to purchase the food and clothing of the great Muhadditheen and ‘Ulamaa and to see to all their needs and requirements. After seeing to all their needs and requirements, some wealth would remain from the profit. He would give them this remaining portion of the profit saying, “Spend on your needs and do not praise anyone besides Allah Ta‘ala, for I have not given you anything from my own wealth. Rather, it is the favor of Allah Ta‘ala upon me that I give to you. This (that I am giving to you) is the profit of your merchandise (i.e. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) had allocated from his wealth a certain portion for fulfilling the needs of the Muhadditheen and ‘Ulamaa. The profits that accrued from that wealth, after trading in it, would be spent on them). By Allah! It is your sustenance that Allah Ta‘ala uses me to provide to you, as nobody is able to provide for the creation of Allah Ta‘ala besides Him.

(Manaaqib Imaam Abi Hanifah wa-Saahibayhi liz-Zahabi pg. 30)

Monday, 07 August 2017 13:29

The Character of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah)

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Ismaa‘eel bin Mujaalid (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

I was once with Haroon Rasheed, the Muslim Khalifah, when Imaam Abu Yusuf (rahimahullah), the student of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), entered. Seeing him, Haroon Rasheed requested, “Describe the character of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) to me.” Imaam Abu Yusuf (rahimahullah) replied:

Sunday, 09 July 2017 04:42

Abstention from Backbiting

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‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

I once said to Sufyaan Thowri (rahimahullah), “O Abu ‘Abdillah! I notice that Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) exercises extreme caution in refraining from gheebah (backbiting)! I never heard him even speak ill of his enemies!” Sufyaan (rahimahullah) replied, “He is intelligent enough to not carry out such an action that will cause him to lose all his good deeds.”

(Wafayaat-ul-A’yaan 5/411)

Saturday, 08 April 2017 13:25

Compassion for the Student of Deen

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Ya’qoob bin Ebrahim, also known as Abu Yusuf (rahimahullah), was the renowned student of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah). He narrates the following:

I would study the knowledge of Hadith and Fiqh whereas I was in a state of poverty and straitened conditions. My father thus came to me one day while I was seated with Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah). When I left the gathering of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) with my father, he said to me, “O my son! Do not stretch your legs with Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), for his bread is roasted whereas you need to earn a livelihood (i.e. do not spend your time acquiring the knowledge of Deen from Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) for he has sufficient wealth that allows him to free himself for Deen whereas you do not have wealth).”

Sunday, 12 March 2017 18:51

An Embodiment of ‘Ilm and ‘Amal

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Ahmed bin Basheer (rahimahullah) and Hafs bin Ghiyaath (rahimahullah) have both mentioned the following:

At times, we would see a person who exerted himself in Nafl ‘Ibaadah, however we found him lacking in his knowledge of Halaal and Haraam. Similarly, at times, we would find a person to be an expert in Halaal and Haraam, however he was deficient in his Nafl ‘Ibaadah and extra devotional practices. The only exception that we had seen was Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), as he was an embodiment of both ‘Ilm and ‘Amal. According to our estimate, in just the place where he passed away, besides other places, he recited the Qur’aan Majeed seven thousand times. During every month of Ramadhaan, he would recite the Qur’aan Majeed sixty times.

(Seerat Imaam A’zam Abu Hanifah by Ml Fazl-ur-Rahmaan A’zami pg. 144)

Saturday, 11 February 2017 08:36

Constantly Occupied in Teaching and ‘Ibaadah

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Mis‘ar bin Kidaam (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

I once went to Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) in his Musjid and saw that he was performing the Fajr Salaah. After completing Salaah, he commenced teaching his students, and he continued to teach them until the time for Zuhr Salaah set in. After performing the Zuhr Salaah, he continued to teach the students until the Asr Salaah, and thereafter continued until it was close to the time of Maghrib. Similarly, after performing the Maghrib Salaah, he continued to teach the students until the Esha Salaah.

Seeing the extent to which Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was engaged in teaching the knowledge of Deen, I wondered, within my heart, when it was that he engaged in nafl ‘ibaadah. With this thought in mind, I decided to observe him and thus remained behind him. Once the people had left after Esha, he entered the Musjid. He had applied a perfume of exquisite fragrance that is generally used by a person at the time of marriage. He then stood in Salaah and continued to perform Salaah until the time of Fajr. On completing his Tahajjud Salaah, he proceeded to his home, changed his clothing, and returned to the Musjid where he performed the Fajr Salaah.

Sunday, 15 January 2017 04:12

Showing Importance to Salaah

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Mis‘ar bin Kidaam (rahimahullah) narrates:

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) had prepared a set of clothing that was more valuable than all his other clothing. This set comprised of a kurta, pants, shawl and turban, and its value was 1500 Dirhams or perhaps even more than that.

After performing the Esha Salaah, when all the people had retired to bed, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) would remove the clothing which he had worn during the day and would wear this extremely valuable set of clothing. After donning this set of clothing, he would apply ‘itr and thereafter stand in Salaah until the time of Fajr set in.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:42

Love for Brotherhood and Unity

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Shaqeeq bin Ebrahim mentioned:

I was once in the company of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) who was on his way to visit a sick person, when another man was coming towards us in the opposite direction. When he saw Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), he took cover and changed direction. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) shouted out his name and said, “O so and so! Walk in the direction you were walking in. Don’t change your direction now.” When he realized that Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) had already seen him, he was overcome with shame and stood still. Upon reaching him, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) asked him the reason for avoiding him. He replied, “I owe you a long overdue amount of ten thousand dirhams which I am unable to pay. I have breached my promise of payment. I was overcome by shame when I saw you coming towards me.”

Saturday, 05 November 2016 13:11

Imaam Abu Hanifah’s (rahimahullah) Fear of Allah Ta‘ala

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Yazeed bin Kummait (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) possessed the fear of Allah Ta‘ala to a very high degree. On one occasion, ‘Ali bin Husain, the Mu’azzin, led the Esha Salaah and recited Surah Zilzaal. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was also part of the congregation. After the Salaah was over and the people had departed, I looked towards Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) and noticed that he was seated and deep in thought, breathing heavily. Seeing that he was preoccupied, I said to myself, “Let me depart, lest my presence distract him from whatever he is pondering over.” With this thought in mind, I stood and departed. At the time of my departure, the amount of oil remaining in the lamp was very little.

Sunday, 24 July 2016 06:56

The Humility of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah)

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The mother of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) once needed to enquire regarding a certain mas’alah. She thus instructed Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) saying, “Go to ‘Umar bin Zar and ask him regarding this mas’alah.” As Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) knew the answer to the mas’alah, he told it to her. His mother, however, did not accept his answer and insisted that he go to ‘Umar bin Zar and ask him the question. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) therefore went to ‘Umar bin Zar and said, “My mother is in such-and-such a predicament and has told me to ask you the ruling regarding this situation.” On hearing this, ‘Umar bin Zar was extremely surprised and exclaimed, “You are asking me the mas’alah?” In response, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) replied, “My mother instructed me to ask you the mas’alah.” ‘Umar bin Zar did not know the answer to the question and thus said to Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), “Tell me the answer so that I may tell it back to you.” Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) therefore told ‘Umar bin Zar the answer after which ‘Umar bin Zar repeated it back to him. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) thereafter returned to his home and informed his mother of the answer of ‘Umar bin Zar.

(‘Uqoodul Jummaan pg. 272)